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ABT's 544kW RS Q8-R is a 315km/h missile

By Scott Newman, 14 Aug 2020 News

ABT Audi RS Q8-R

Tuned SUV is a 544kW, 315km/h rocketship

German tuning company ABT Sportsline turns 125 in 2021 and to celebrate it’s producing 125 examples of its new Audi RS Q8-R that takes SUV performance to new heights.

ABT already offers a performance upgrade for the Audi RS Q8, which lifts the outputs from its 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 from 441kW/800Nm to a whopping 515kW/880Nm, enough to gives its Lamborghini Urus sibling a bloody nose.

ABT Audi RS Q8-R tuned SUV.The RS Q8-R goes a step further, a new intercooler, ABT engine control unit and upgraded exhaust system liberating 544kW/920Nm. This gives this steroid-fed Audi SUV the potential to hit 315km/h while ABT claims to stainless steel exhaust system, with its quad 102mm tips, “makes its presence felt acoustically”.

Despite the hefty 103kW/120Nm upgrade, ABT Sportsline’s close relationship with Audi means a two-year manufacturer warranty remains in place.

ABT Audi RS Q8-R interior with carbon upgrade.The rest of the RS Q8-R package is cosmetic, starting with the huge 23-inch rims wrapped in 295/35 tyres and numerous carbon fibre add-ons for the enormous body, including front skirt add-ons, front lip with add-on, mirror caps, side skirt add-ons, wheelhouse vents, guard extensions, rear-skirt add-ons and rear spoiler.

Inside there’s a new steering wheel and tweaks to the armrest, centre console, start-stop switch cap, shift knob and the seats, while the door sills have “1 of 125” lettering to denote the RS Q8-R’s limited edition status. Further interior options include carbon dashboard covers and carbon seat frame covers.